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18 May 2017 | Budapest, Hungary [Alla Nommik] Union Health Ministries Leaders from across the Trans-European Division (TED) met in Budapest, Hungary, for two days, 8-9 May to share together what it means to have an abundant life through Jesus.

Jesus’ disciple John wrote down His words, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). These words raise some important questions: Is my life abundant? What does it mean to have life more abundantly? If Jesus would like to give me more abundant life, how can I accept it? Can I help others to accept it too?

Torben BerglandTorben Bergland, TED Health Ministries directorAs Adventists, we have a special health message, based on the Bible and the writings of Church co-founder, Ellen White. With today’s scientific method we can also see that it is evidence-based. This message is not given to us to tell others what they should do or what they are not to do, but to become ‘engaged in the restoration of life as God created it to be, through a compassionate service of comforting, relieving suffering, bringing healing, preventing illness, and enhancing life whenever possible to whoever needs it,’ as it is stated on the TED Health Ministry webpage.

Katia ReinertKatia Reinert, GC Health Ministries Associate directorLeaders from various Unions presented the projects they are doing in their areas to achieve these goals. Health expos are very popular, where people can learn about healthy living and undergo some basic health tests. Other unions have adopted health programmes such as The Journey to Wholeness (help for the addicted), CREATION Health (Bible-based health enhancing programme), and CHIP (chronic disease prevention programme). Some have organised health conferences, featuring well-known health specialists.

Great Britain has started an approach called Centres of Hope, Health and Healing. Here a local church acts as a community hub, running a variety of health-enhancing activities and events throughout the year. Church members commit themselves to help the community around to become healthier both physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually.

“It was both encouraging and energising to hear the excellent work being done around the Unions and to share ideas in the discussion sessions,” British Union Conference Health Ministries director, Sharon Platt-McDonald stated. “The health updates segments gave scope for reflection to enable us to review current practice and develop our ministry skills.” She confessed to feeling hugely inspired by the meetings and would 'return to base' with increased enthusiasm for a holistic health ministry.

MeetingLeaders shared that health retreats and camps are good places to relieve stress and learn practically what it means to lead a healthy lifestyle. Sometimes we are afraid to change our 'not so good' habits, but when we experience what a positive difference little changes can make in our lives, then it is more likely that we want to continue living in a new way. Health magazines are also a good way to promote positive change, as are the TV shows and web pages.

Budapest“We have a team of wonderful, professional people and I am proud of being part of it,” Finnish Health Ministries director, Saija Tarro stated. She only started working for the Finnish Health Association in April and so was immensely grateful for the possibility to participate in the meetings. “I want to thank Torben Bergland, TED Health Ministries director, for the possibility to meet and share ideas, and learn from each other.”

We would like to enjoy good health on this Earth, however, we know that it is not all there is. God has prepared something more for us in the life to come, as the Bible tells us, “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him” (1 Corinthians 2:9).

Alla Nommik states, “We would like people around us to have this hope as well, and assurance in their hearts that better times are yet ahead; and that while preparing for this new home in heaven, we would like to take the best care of the life that God has entrusted to us on this Earth.”

To find out more about health ministries or to get involved, contact the health leader in your local church and ask what you can do to help yourself and those around you. [tedNEWS]

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